In the Bahamas, a Long-Awaited Opening for Baha Mar Resort

The Bahamas resort Baha Mar has taken more than 10 years to open, but on Friday, the $4.2 billion, 1,000-acre development on a half-mile of beachfront in Nassau is expected to finally debut — at least, in part, the International New York Times reported. Baha Mar comprises three hotel brands — Grand Hyatt, SLS Hotels and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts — for a total of 2,300 rooms. Grand Hyatt, with 1,800 rooms, is the largest and will be previewing on opening day; with nightly rates in the mid-$300 range, it’s also the most affordable. The 300-room SLS, with starting rates at upward of $500 a night, will debut later this year, and the 200-room Rosewood, the most upscale of the three with room prices from $700, is scheduled to open next spring (Grand Hyatt is open for invited guests initially and is accepting paid reservations for late May). But accommodations are only a component of Baha Mar: The project also includes a 100,000-square-foot casino — the largest in the Caribbean — that overlooks the ocean, according to Baha Mar’s president, Graeme Davis; 42 restaurants and lounges; 30 luxury retailers including Rolex and Bulgari; an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and Golf Club; 11 swimming pools surrounded by more than 250 palm trees; and a free-standing Espa brand spa with 24 treatment rooms (white marble plays a prominent role). Read more. (Subscription required.)